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Mini Dragon
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Published: July 18, 2018
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I admit, this one's more about the dragon than the castle, haha :)
4x4" oil painting

This painting will be available in my Etsy store for $17+shipping once it is dry.
Image size
2568x2995px 2.8 MB
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Shutter Speed
1/49 second
Focal Length
47 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 17, 2018, 12:05:09 PM
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This is done on those stupidly small canvas thingies from Micheals/Walmart!? Did you use real magic? I’ve painted a few times on these and it’s been difficult and so so slow going and I have no idea how you go tiny details— Jesus mate. Fucking sweet.
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crazycolleeny| Traditional Artist
Hahaha, YES to the magic part ;)
I paint regularly on ~2.5x3" blocks ("regularly" as in I've painted over 1000 tiny spacescapes and about 100 forests now), so I've been getting more comfortable with painting tiny things (though sometimes it's still a real struggle).  If anything, these are slightly larger (and they're probably the same as the ones you could get at craft stores; I bought mine from Amazon so I don't know if they're "the same" but yes they're tiny) so I have a little more room for some tiny details, but I still get frustrated when I can't get the detail I want since it's super tiny.  So thank you, I appreciate the recognition of that frustration, haha :D

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I fuckin' believe it honestly. I just saw you mention you had vids of your paintings and saw the fireflies one and wow- what the actual fuck. I mean I saw what you did cuz its a damn video but.. HOW. If I could frame a video lass... damn, I would. XD 

A...thousand? You're not just magic then, you're a machine. How does your hand handle that? Or neck. Or, well, back. 

I think tiny things will always remain with some difficulty no matter the skill level since it requires constant precision-- something not within my bones as I still have found myself missing my own mouth when taking a drink like an idiot. XD

I got to hating life in general when I tried tiny paintings. I'm still pretty green as far as it all goes and painting isn't a skill I've got yet (though its a growing desire) mostly cuz I like getting messy while doin' it. Since, ah, you mentioned you don't mind questions, somewhere I read I mean, could I ask how you pick and mix your colors? I have a lot of shit to still learn but the colors feels like some kind of warpath against my sanity and limited knowledge of shades. I swear I could only name three types of red off the top of my head. Just, I dunno, do you go by instinct, just years of the struggle, or was there a thing you studied that helped..?
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crazycolleeny| Traditional Artist
Well I don't paint them all at once, just some in little spurts, and they're meant to be $5 paintings so I try not to spend eons on them and mostly use them for experimenting with color and ideas so it helps me out on larger things as well.  As for picking and mixing colors, I think at this point it's often just "winging it" but that's from years of messing around with colors - I also try to do color-checking when I paint something that's supposed to be more realistic or based on something that I want a very specific color.  I do like painting relatively monochromatic paintings (I'd say 1-3 colors) because I don't have to worry about 'choosing the right color' and I can focus on values, but because of that I think I've learned a bit about color and brands - which ones I like, which ones mix well, etc.  Hm... maybe a better example is: I know that a lot of people like to paint out color wheels or color tables that show how various colors look and mix, but since I have tiny paintings I can work on, I can do something similar without being "boring" and I can see what it can actually produce.  It's not great as a "reference" since I can't exactly look back on old ones, haha, but I think I learn better by doing, so I remember how I like mixing various things by trying them out.  Reds in particular drove me crazy for a long time because I liked starting from transparent colors on dark canvases and then 'bringing up' light with white... that doesn't work out so well with reds unless you want pink ;)  So your question actually ties in to the little paintings - I often 'practice with color' on them :D  Oh, as for naming colors, though... I'm not sure I'm so great at that either, but I've always been bad at remembering names/titles/places/etc.  If I've used a color a lot or got a new one that I really like, sure I might remember it better, but I also have tiny "oil paint sets" that I don't even pay attention to the name so much as the general color on the bottle (which is sometimes misleading, I'll admit, so moreso the color that comes out of the bottle, haha) and just have a general "feel" for.  I do know a bit about color theory from books as well, but I have a better feel for it from practice.  
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